10 & 15k rpm 3.5" Drives?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by Zarathustra[H], Feb 24, 2016.

  1. Zarathustra[H]

    Zarathustra[H] Official Forum Curmudgeon

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    Hey all,

    So I was doing some poking around just for fun the other day for a theoretical "I will never be able to afford it" high budget fantasy storage server.

    I was looking to equip it with drives that both are large and very fast at the same time.

    I found some really fast (10 & 15krpm) 2.5" drives from HGST, but they were all smaller in capacity than the 3.5" drives we have become used to.

    I also found 3.5" drives with very high capacities, but all of them seem to top out at 7200rpm.

    Is the high speed 3.5" drive dead?
     
  2. jordan12

    jordan12 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The WD Blacks are 7200RPM..
     
  3. GotNoRice

    GotNoRice [H]ardForum Junkie

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    SSDs have really destroyed the market for high-end mechanical drives. Anything above 7200rpm is mostly pointless, and even the argument for 7200rpm drives vs a slower drive is getting harder as we get to the point where the only thing a mechanical drive is useful for is bulk storage.

    If you are really going for a "best of both worlds" type approach, why not consider SSD caching? Something like IntelĀ® Smart Response Technology.
     
  4. vsboxerboy

    vsboxerboy 2[H]4U

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    Yes, outside of certain enterprise applications.
     
  5. extide

    extide 2[H]4U

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    Yeah >7200 RPM on 3.5" drives has been a thing of the past for quite some time now. Basically you have those 3 tiers, 7200RPM (commonly called nearline) for mass quantity storage, 10/15k 2.5" drives for general stuff, and then SSD's .
     
  6. mrluckypants96

    mrluckypants96 Limp Gawd

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    The WD Velociraptor Drives come in sizes up to 1TB in a 3.5" 10K RPM version, although it's really just a 2.5" drive with a big heatsink.

    If you want other options, you're likely going to have to look at enterprise-grade SAS drives.
     
  7. AthlonXP

    AthlonXP [H]ard as it Gets

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    Yup that is the only route in the 3.5 mechanical drive realm and even those Raptor drives now are getting quite expensive now.
     
  8. Armenius

    Armenius I Drive Myself to the [H]ospital

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    I had a couple Velociraptors in RAID0 a few years ago, and the speed was definitely impressive. The volatility of such a setup is not worth the money, though, with how far solid state technology has come. I would just get 2 or 3 M.2 solid state drives these days, with an external drive enclosure composed of a few WD REs for backup. The read and write speeds of M.2 are more than I'll ever need.
     
  9. mrluckypants96

    mrluckypants96 Limp Gawd

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    Not to mention the increase in reliability. It seems like the SSD has come so far in terms of reliability that it can outlive practically any HDD.